PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE FARM,

RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:

PLAIN VIEW FARM HERITAGE CENTER ARCHIVES

Pearl Stadem Ginther, Second Stadem Centenarian, with Plain View Farm Archives Heritage Books:

Alfred and Bergit's youngest son is Leroy Stadem. Going into service in the Navy at the close of WWII, his young life was saved in the Pacific, due to a miracle and loved ones praying for him. He was in the Navy and was transferring from a boat to a ship, at the time of the accident that landed him in the water between two naval craft-- where he was liable to be crushed between the hulls. God spared his life. Here in the Archives we have an article preserved by either Alfred Stadem or Pearl Ginther or both, as he shared articles with her and her husband Bob. We will never hear the full extent of miracles God performed in WWII, as the men born between 1928 and 1945 are called "The Silent Generation." Whatever the reasons, God was denied glory for his mighty acts of mercy and deliverance. We seek to rectify that if we may by giving you this great account, "Miracle in the Pacific." It appared April 1944 in the section" While the Days Are Going By," in a Christian magazine or paper called "The Christian Fellowship Banner."

"Miracle in the Pacific," The Christian Fellowship Banner, April, 1944

Our new Stadem barn is for people, and its name "Barna Velkommen," is meant to welcome children in the Norwegian language. Since our future is in the children, this is a significant focus, though Christ must always be our central, and first, focus. Remembering the ministry to children of Irene Hovdenes, long-time Christian friend of the Ginthers and Stadems since Sioux Falls days in the 1930s and 1940s and on to 2000s:

Remembering Irene Hovdenes: Article, "Miss Hovdenes Devotes Her Life to Children," Sound Life, News Tribune, Tacoma, Nov. 11, 1974

Estelle's Letter to Dearly Beloved (Relatives)

Estelle's Letter to Dearly Beloved, #2

Rangens' Thank You Note to Jerry and Ron Ginther for Grandpa Stadem Account Mailings

Rangens' Mama Bergit Stadem Picture Letter

Estelle's Letter to Ladies of Victory Church, Yuma, Arizona

Rangen Central Directory

"100th Birthday Tribute to Cora Taylor," by Nephew Ron Ginther

List of Children's Books for Heritage Center Archives that are donated

"Ruth Stadem Harrington, Soldier of Christ," a Tribute Poem by Nephew Ron Ginther

Arthur Stadem's Letter to Ginthers, Dec. 14, 1944, when in the Navy during WWII

Evangelist A. H. Mjorud was well-known in Lutheran circles back in the 1960s and 70s, and Pearl Ginther preserved this newsletter of 1967 along with others of his and supported his ministry. What is so striking is Evangelist Mjorud's ardent support of Bible prophecies regarding Israel and the Jews, also the birth of Israel as a nation (actually, rebirth!), which he saw as a fulfilment of the promises of God to bring the people back to the land he had given them in the times of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Many today are turning from this view in evangelical churches, denying the covenants God made with the Jews and Israel are still binding, though God says repeatedly in the Old Testament that they are everlasting, and which Paul affirmed, as he declared without any reservation whatsoever that God would never reject Israel and the Jews. Here is Evangelist Mjorud speaking for himself:

Evangelist A.H. Mjorud's Newsletter, Aug. 1967

Time marches on, whether we like it or not! Some of the cousins are now approaching heritage-level antiquity! Here is one production that is interesting, since it was written by me in 1950 to a missionary cousin I was wanting to impress with the technological marvel of television that had recently entered my experience, as well as let her know that I was becoming vastly literate, able to tackle huge books of over two hundred pages in length!

Carleen Taylor Newton's Email in Response to Ron Ginther's Letter, Written at Age 8, 64 years ago

There was the famous McGuffrey Reader from colonial days on for 100 years or more that taught generations of early Americans how to read and write, but is there a "Guth Reader"? This might qualify, the "mini family history" Durward Guth, a Bryant Native, composed for the Bryant Centennial Book in 1989. Unfortunately, it was not received in time to be published in the book, but it was printed as an insertion, which was the next best thing.

"David & Lucy Guth," by Durward Guth, Bryant, SD. Native

Here is life lived in the Manchester, SD, and Bryant area, growing up and then as a farmer's wife. You will love the abundant details she gives, even if some are graphic and straight from the nitty gritty farm. She lived this style of life, and is an expert on what she knows, and she knows a lot about farm life, day to day. A real keeper!

"My Life," Part I, "Early Years," Excerpts of the Autobiography of Florence Chapin, Bryant Native, 1991

Yes, there are Stadems who give lip service to ministry but in the important changes they consistently block that would lead to ministry at PVF, they show they really want to keep PVF for their own enjoyment and operate it at their own convenience. The St. John Campers sent a thank you letter to Ruth & Tom Harrington. While Tom was still the owner and in charge, he kept an open door policy going to ALL Stadem relatives and to ALL Christian groups round about, as this letter shows. What a different spirit he had compared to some Stadems--who are not like him but nevertheless claim all the time they admire him. How sincere are they really, when they don't do as he did, or follow the example he set on PVF during his tenure there? Enough bully pulpit, here is the short but utterly grateful letter:

St. John Campers' Thank You Letter to Tom & Ruth Harrington

Tentmakers (lay ministers in Lutheran circles) who don't make "tents" anymore? Preachers who don't preach the Gospel anymore? Missionaries who won't preach it either but will always be quick to share about their various mission organizations? What is happening or has happened to us Stadem Descendants? It cannot be good! I believe firmly it is a spiritual catastrophe--and the effects are grevious, as we are going against Christ's express command, the Great Commision, to preach the Gospel everywhere (which we have interpreted to mean EVERYWHERE BUT PLAIN VIEW FARM! I believe firmly without doubt that God is highly displeased with us, and there will be some serious accounting we will have to make to the Lord for this policy.

"The Great Commission," Christ's Call to us to preach the Gospel, by Ron Ginther

Why not address this "hush-hush" topic of marijuana use and growing and selling of it? We who believe in Bible truth and living according to it ought to take stands on issues, not keep to the closet in the fear of offending somebody with our Biblical views. So, is it right, even if it is made legal, for Stadem Descendants with their ancestors' believing in Biblical morality, to grow and sell marijuana? This is a "growing issue," as the permissive, drug-laced, anything goes" popular culture and society turns more and more toward legalization of marijuana (as it has done recently in Washington State, defying Federal laws and regulations). Please return for an article on this listed here, as this is not a dead but a living Archives. Is there two sides to the issue? I wouldn't bank on that. Actually, there is only one right side possible: the side taken by the Bible, so what would it be?

Estelle and Joseph Rangen's Letter Regarding the Unveilings and Reception(s) of the Bart Lindstrom Painting of Mama Bergit Stadem, descriptions of sights including a new Ginther residence in Tacoma, Washington, with news of meaningful Lutheran Brethren Events Attended

The following is not to say that Stadems live like Stadems--for we know, sadly, that is hardly the case with many Stadem Descendants today who favor the contemporary American lifestyle with all its iniquities and self-indulgement and self-exaltation over the godly, self-sacrificing Stadem heritage of our ancestors. But, allowing for that lapse, we answer the question as best we can: Is someone still a Stadem if his or her name is not Stadem?

"A Stadem By Any Other Name," by Stadem Descendant Ron Ginther

New material added to autobiographical remarks of Erling Jordahl concerning Bryant American Lutheran, Bryant, SD:

Autobiography of Erling Jordahl, Concerning Bryant American Lutheran Church, Bryant, SD/

Estelle and Joseph Rangen's Letter of 1988, With Details of the Unveiling(s) of Bart Lindstrom's Painting of Mama Bergit Stadem

Darrell Ginther's Letter to Mother, Pearl Ginther, May 1988

Bernice Schaefer's Letter to Pearl Ginther, Aug. 1988, With Reference to Bart Lindstrom and Family's Responses to Painting he did of Mama Bergit Stadem

Peter Stadem's Tower Experience Letter 1984

Alfred Stadem's Letter to Enders, & Letter to Pearl Ginther (Christmas, 1940s or 1950s)

A Holbek Second Cousin in Norway writes to Estelle Rangen and family in response to her letter:

Andreas Holbek Letter to Estelle Rangen, 1983

A fun-to-do videotape done on the spur of the moment starting 11:00 p.m. at night, without any preparation or expertise, yet it contains some serious content about our heritage:

"Heritage," by Ron Ginther, Videotaped by Jerry Ginther & Butterfly Productions in 2008, with Pearl Ginther, Age 99, in a Sweet Cameo Appearance in Support of the Heritage Project on PVF

RURAL DJ RON GINTHER BROADCASTING FROM THE MAVERICK SCANDIHOOVIAN BRYANT, SD, RADIO STATION WHERE KRUMKAKA IS KING:

Radio KRUM, PART I

Radio KRUM, Part II

"Airplane Crash Kills 2 Hunters"

Ben and Norman Stadem's Letter to Pearl Ginther, May 1978

Ben and Norman Stadem's Letter to Pearl Ginther, July 6th, 1978

Ben and Norman's Second Letter to Pearl for July 6, 1978

"A Tale of Three Cities," Our Stadem Heritage Venues, by Ron Ginther

Stadem Reunion 1984 in Rapid City, SD, by Bernice Schaefer

"These Are The Stadem Generations," 1st - 6th-7th Generations, An Urging Call to Revival, by Ron Ginther (5th Generation)

"My Vision of Plain View Farm," What I Would Rather See, by Ron Ginther

"Peapod Soul," Depicting the Trap of Christian Culture, a Poem by Ron Ginther

Tacoma Seamen's Center History (from Founding in 1897 to 1978), compiled by Shirley Muntz

Leroy Stadem's Pastoral Service to Churches--Listing & Dates, Given on Request

Tacoma Seamen's Center Letter of Thanks to Pearl Ginther

Lutheran Fellowship League Format Letter

Part I: Stephen Stadem's Letter to his Aunt Pearl Ginther, April 10, 2008, when she was 99, regarding the project of his barn picture raising funds for the new Barn Project on PVF; Part II, "Stadem Accounting," Poetic Response to Uncle Leroy's Chronological Stadem Family Letter, by Nephew Ron Ginther

Myrtle Svanoe's Birthday Letter to Pearl, Sept. 1982

Brother Leroy's Letter to Sister Pearl age 99, regarding Reunion and Watertown Stadems:

Leroy Stadem's Letter to Pearl Ginther, July 25, 2008

Leroy Stadem's Letter to Pearl, 2007

Alfred Stadem's Last Will & Testament, 1948

"Notice of Hearing on Petition for Probate of Will" of Alfred J. P. Stadem, 1964; Leroy Stadem Becomes Executor of Will

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"Stadems Lite," Humor to Tickle the Norwegian Funny Bone (but, alas, Swedes are born without funny bones)

Stadem Reunion 1987, Review by Bernice Schaefer, with Page of Suggestions for Reunion 1988's Program

Stadem Reunion Central

The Stadem Reunion of 1989 in the BRYANT DAKOTAN, submitted by Ruth Stadem Harrington

Two Silver Anniversary Greetings for Bergit & Alfred Stadem, by Edward Jordahl and Rev. Andrew Holbeck, 1933

Stadem Reunion Central Page

Stadem Reunion 1995 in the BRYANT DAKOTAN

Stadem Reunion of 1989, by Mim Rinderknecht

Bergit Stadem's 1980 Christmas Letter

"Luther Svanoe in Remembrance," Funeral Program, Ft. Snelling Chapel, July 25, 1994

Funeral Message for Luther Svanoe, by Brother Rennard Svanoe, July 25, 1994

"The Stadem Reunion of 1995," & Postscript, by Estelle and Joe Rangen

Cora Taylor's Letter Concerning Papa Alfred Stadem's Homegoing, 1964

Bernice's Letter to Pearl About Getting Old

Darrell Ginther on Russ & Bernice Schaefer's 50th Wedding Anniversary, What He Loved About Them

Grandma Bergit Stadem's Letter to Grandson Del von Schaefer, 1948? 1949? 1950?

Myrtle Svanoe's Letter to Svanoe Reunion 1994, On Luther's Homegoing

"Stadems Pass Half Century Marker," Alfred and Bergit Stadem 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration, Aug. 17, 1958

Gina Larson Rites, Hamlin County News, Bryant, SD, Aug. 22, 1958

Ruth and Tom Harrington Involved in Gospel Sign Ministry, With History of Gospel Sign Painter, Arneson, Minot Daily News, Minot, ND

Cora Taylor's Missionary Letter to the Norwegian Holbek/Stadem Relatives

Darrell's Letter from the Farm, 1939

Grandma/Mama's Favorite Song

"Papa Was a Cobbler," by Grandson Ron Ginther

Victor Svanoe's Letter to Pearl Ginther, 1994, Regarding the Centennial Choir of Augsburg Quartets and the Tour of Norway

"Ruth Stadem Harrington's Replies to Candid Questions"

German and Norwegian threads are intertwined, when it comes to the Lutheran faith once delivered to our forefathers. We see these threads unmistakably joined in the case of C.F.W. Walther. October 25, 2011 marked the 200th birthday anniversary of an American pioneer and first president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He emigrated to America from Saxony, Germany, in 1838. For the article, we have an excerpt from "The Vine and the Branches," published by Abiding Word Ministries.

"200th Birthday of C.F.W. Walther," Fall 2011, The Vine and Branches, Abiding Word Ministries

Our latest attempt to gather Christmas letters and items into a Christmas archives page of its own:

Stadem Christmas Archives Page

Bernice Schaefer's Card to Pearl Ginther, May 22, 1989, Concerning Gordon Stadem's Homegoing

What is the need of the world? This question has been answered in numerous ways, and is probably very confusing to most of us Stadem Descendants and friends. It need not be, however. This article from Pearl Ginther's collection in the Archives is from the Mennonite magazine publication, "The Sword and the Trumpet," and it will make it very plain what is the true and greatest need of the world:

"The Need of the World," from "The Sword and the Trumpet," March 1979, by David Breeze

"Reflections on the Stadem Family," by Ron Rinderknecht

A Message about Reconciliation From Pearl Ginther's Heritage Collection for the Archives:

Come to think about it, if anyone had justification to feel wronged and misused, it was Pearl Ginther, my mother! She lost her husband due to the faulty airplane sold my father, her young husband, and not only him, her dear brother Arthur. The person responsible was really not my dad, who was a very careful and responsible man and a good pilot as everyone who knew him could testify, it was the aircraft dealer whose word my dad trusted even with his life (as he said so in the last letter to mom he ever wrote). Yet mother met with him, and settled out of court the case he had going against her to get the money for the defective plane by paying him the full sum, plus his lawyers' fees. Though she could have been unforgiving and resentful toward him, she was just the opposite. She showed him forgiveness and love instead, even inviting him to her church and home after she paid him for the wrecked plane. She even read to him her last letter from her husband that said he believed Mr. Shupe was an honorable man. Was that not Christlike, who forgave his enemies (us!) and died for us, securing our pardon for all our sins? Mother forgave this erring and morally culpable aircraft dealer, and he responded by going back to his estranged wife-- and we believe he even turned to God and was saved! Such is the grace of God.

"Living in Reconciliation" by Basilea Schlink

Dear Fellow Tumbleweed & Throw-Away Generationals: Please think twice about throwing out your parents' important documents when they pass from this mortal life; once gone, they are gone forever! Saved, they contain information your descendants will find valuable and even a treasure. What you think not so important, they will sorely miss and wish they had in their possession! Eventually, you can let your own prized possessions that you bought in various stores go to strangers or to the Goodwill or Salvation Army dropbox--what really do they matter to others? But before you tumble on to "bigger and better things" in the hereafter, please don't discard what your descendants would like to have some bits of knowledge of, or some artifacts of a time gone by in your parents' lives and ministries. Maybe you aren't likely to want the items reserved indefinitely for yourself, which you have to dust off or keep stored in some already-stuffed closet or desk, well, save them for others then by donating them to PVF's Archives! It isn't as if PVF has no storage space--it has, only it has been inundated in years past with items that should best go to the yard sale or the Salvation Army thrift store in Watertown. Donating your heritage items are not in that class of things at all. They are irreplaceables!

Such as:

Bernice Schaefer's 1986 Account of the PVF Reunion, "At the Old Home Place":

"At the Old Home Place," the Stadems' Plain View Farm Reunion of 1986

Cora Taylor's 2013 Citizenship of Jacutinga, Brazil, Award

Other Irreplaceables in the Archives:

1. Oct. 1947 (?) Bryant, SD, Newspaper Article: "Sign is Erected in Memory of Men Who Died in January Plane Crash"

Robert Ginther & Arthur Stadem Memorial Sign Article in Bryant Paper

2. Aug. 5, 1942 letter (in pencil) by Robert Ginther to a friend, Claude Peterson, advising him to second thoughts before moving to Washington State.

3. Pages 3 & 4 of a Letter by John Ginther (in pencil) concerning the purchase of a farmstead for himself; probably written to his son Robert Ginther who was financing the purchase, though John Ginther says he will pay down $300 on it, all can pay himself.

4. State of South Dakota, Hamlin County Certificate of Marriage for Robert Ginther and Pearl Andrina Stadem, signed W.R. Richardson, Clerk of Circuit Court, March 26, 1947.

First part shows marriage data, signed by H.J. Peterson, Signature of Clergyman, the marriage being done March 25, 1934. Second part shows the Civil signature of County Clerk Richardson.

5. Copy of the Trumpet Call, In Memoriam for Robert Ginther & Arthur Stadem, Record of the Double Funeral in January 1947.

6. Pearl A. Stadem's June 11, 1925 Report of Final Examinations (Hayti, S.D), grade school at Bryant, S.D., Dixon School District, No. 3. Signed by Christiana Opdahl, County Superintendent. Pearl earned an average of 84 in her subjects: Reading, Writing, Orthography, Arithmetic, Geography, Grammar, Agriculture, U.S. History, Civics, Drawing, and Music/Hygiene. Her best scores were Orthography, Arithmetic, Geography Agriculture, Drawing. Orthography earned her a 93.

7. Wedding Announcement for Miss Pearl Andrina (Stadem) to Mr. Robert Lee Ginther, Sunday March 25, 1934, announcement card from Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Stadem, with Reception at Home

8. Birth Certificate for Robert L. Ginther, signed by John Ginther; dated August 6, 1942. Signed by W.R. Richardson, Clerk of Courts. Certified and stamped with State Seal 8-8-1942

9. Death Certicate for Robert L. Ginther

10. Aug. 18, 1943 Ink writing by "Papa" Alfred Stadem to Pearl and Bob Ginther, concerning the travel account sent to the Stadems the same year. "Aug. 18th 1943-We have just read this interesting travelogue [Bob's account of his trip west in 1942 to get a job and re-locate his family there from Sioux Falls] (we: Papa, Mama, Alida, Ruth, LeRoy & Darrell). Some of this was very familiar to us, but the J. Ginther trip; that Eve. you must have forgot. Am sending this with Darrell in a few days as that will not be very much delay. Am sure many others would like to read this also. Also like to comment on your writing Pearl. It's good--from Papa"

11. Pearl Ginther's Passport issued 1999, Expiration 2009. Pearl used this passport to go with her daughter Roberta to Israel, Italy, Greece, and Turkey in June 1999.

12. Bob Ginther's Identification Pass from Captain of Port, Tacoma, WA, showing his picture, and occupation as Carpenter at S.T.S. Corporation. Has his thumb fingerprint, and signature, and lists age as 37, height 5'5 1/2 inch, weight 148, eyes blue, hair brown, born Bruce, SD. Pass issued 12-29-42.

13. Robert Ginther's Social Security Card, issued 1936, and address of John Morrell & Co. printed on back

14. Robert Ginther's Sioux Falls, SD, Landscaper Business Card

15. Newspaper clipping article "Airplane Crash Kills 2 Hunters"

16. Birth Certificate for Pearl Andrine Stadem, dated Sept. 13, 1909, filed 9-28-09; Alfred Jorgen Stadem and Bergit Wilhelmine Stadem are listed as parents. Alfred's age is given as 23, and his occupation, farmer.

17. Pearl Ginther's Sword Letter Opener (from Trinity Broadcasting Newwork)

18. Alfred Stadem notebook on farm expenses for horse, chickens, etc.

He determined his profit on the horse.

19. Memorial Record for Rev. Andrew A. Holbeck (notes on it by Pearl Ginther, his niece). Rev. Holbeck passed Dec. 9, 1964 (same year as Alfred Stadem?), and was born May 27, 1882. He was 82 years of age. Services were held at Ray Lutheran Church, with these clergymen officiating: Rev. Carl Nelson, Rev. Richard Grudt, Rev. Elmo Agrimson, D.D., and Rev. Casper B. Nervig, D.D. Interment at Ray, ND. (Rev. Elmo Agrimson later wrote the Introduction to the Third Edition of "The Work of Laypersons in Lutheran Perspective," by Atle Svanoe, Translated by Gordon Gunderson)

20. Obituary for Pearl A. Ginther (Sept. 13, 1909 - April 30, 2011) by Edwards Memorial Center (color picture of Pearl Ginther).

Pearl A. Ginther Obituary, Edwards Memorial Center

Cora Taylor's SOUTHERN CROSS 1992 article, "Early Days, Hold the Ropes," telling how the Taylors got to Brazil to begin mission work with the tribal peoples, is on its page for everybody.

"Early Days, Hold the Ropes," by Cora Taylor, SOUTHERN CROSS, New Tribes Mission Magazine, Feb. 1992

We will be adding to this page as fast as we can rustle up all the many Svanoe links:

Svanoes Central

Svanoes Central appears on both WWW.PLAINVIEWHERITAGE.COM and WWW.ANGELFIRE.COM/SD2/PLAINVIEWFARM. The Rinderknecht Family's Favorite Songs is also featured on Svanoes Central page here in the Svanoe Musical Legacy portion.

Rinderknecht Family's Favorite Songs

LeVere & Gladys Gray's 1985 Christmas Letter to Pearl Ginther

From the Archives, and Pearl's Treasure Chest, comes a new series, "Recipes With Wisdom":

From Pearl Ginther, Recipe With Wisdom, No. 1: Onion Upside Down Bread, a Weekend Recipe & "How to Take Your Spiritual Temperature"

From Pearl Ginther, Recipe With Wisdom, No. 2: Struffali, or Neapolitan Honey Sweets, with "Beatitudes for Married Couples"

From Pearl Ginther, Recipe With Wisdom, No. 3: Johnny Cake Corn Bread, with "Some Guidelines for a Happy Life"

Again, following Joseph and Estelle Rangen about the countryside, that suspicious pair of domestic saboteurs (sabotaging the kingdom of Satan and helping to bring in the Lord Jesus's!):

Estelle and Joseph Rangen's Letter of Jan. 1991; has a great Noah and kids' joke too!

From Estelle and Joseph Rangen's Christmas Letter, 1991, Recipe for Coffee Cake Supreme

A Little, Light and Wacky Humor Leavens the Whole Lump, and We Truly Need Humor to Help Keep our Balance in this Grim, Disaster-Prone World:

"A Short & Cracked History of Scandinavian Bomb-Making," by Ron Ginther, Consultant to F.E.M.A. (For Evangelism to Marine Areas)

Please Return for This Entire Series:

Three Letters to Pearl Ginther telling about the Turkey Barn Demo for Use on PVF for New Barn:

Letter to Pearl Ginther from Leroy and Liz, 2004

"We've Always Had a Home, We Just Needed a House to Put It In"--Christmas Letter from Leroy and Liz, 2004

Peter and Kari Stadem's Christmas Letter to Pearl Ginther, "The Good News," Dec. 2004, Part I

Peter and Kari Stadem's Christmas Letter to Pearl Ginther, "The Good News," Dec. 2004, Part II

Mim Rinderknecht's Christmas 1988 Letter telling of the Candid Questions/Replies Project of Reunion 1988:

Mim Rinderknecht's Christmas Letter of 1988

CANDID QUESTIONS AND REPLIES FOR THE STADEMS, SVANOES, ISERMANS:

Candid Questions and Replies Central

Ministries and Publications Supported by Pearl Ginther

Rangen Central Directory

Estelle and Joseph Rangen's Victory Family Letter, July-Aug. 1989

Chloe Rangen Koslowsky's Tribute to her Mother on Mother's Day

Myrtle Svanoe's Letter to Sister Bernice Schaefer, March 1979

How Oline Madsdatter Vikoren, Wife of Sjur Stadheim, Starts Her Day in Vik, Sognsfjord, Norway, in Early 1860s, by Ron Ginther

Darrell Ginther's Letter from the Hospital to Mother, June 1969

Erling Jordahl and the other Jordahl children were babysat by Pearl Stadem in her younger days! He recalls this, also the wonderful church that he knew in his youth, Bryant's Lutheran church which had several name changes over the years is now called Our Redeemer Lutheran Church; this was the Stadems' home church too.

Erling Jordahl's Fond Account of Bryant American Lutheran Church, In Bygone Days of Yore

Ruth & Tom Harrington's Christmas Letter to Pearl, 1981, with Mama Stadem's Letter to Cora and Carl, 1981

"Why This Website Started," the Nitty-Gritty Redemption of Alfred Stadem, tied up in the deaths of his beloved son Arthur and son-in-law Bob Ginther, by Ron Ginther (as told to him by his mother Pearl Ginther

Schaefer Family's Notice About Russell Schaefer's Homegoing, 1999

A 95-year-old sister writes to a 101-year-old sister!

Cora Taylor's Letter to Pearl Ginther & Ron

To go with the series dealing with the passings of Carl Taylor and granddaughter Lenita Templeton:

Carleen Newton's THANK YOU Letter to Aunt Pearl Ginther, 1990

Pearl Ginther's Letter/Card to Bob Ginther, Aug.; 2, 1935, from the Rev. Knock Evangelism Meeting, Lake Geneva Bible Camp, Alexandria, Minnesota

Holbek Lineage Remembered, From the August 2013 Den Stadem Samtaleran, and Other Sources

The Holbek Summary, by Arne Aage Holbek, Kristiansand, Norway, 2013

Knudt Stadem (Staim) Line Found by Sylvia Fjelstad Yuge

Two Tributes to Estelle and Joseph Rangen, on their Golden Jubilee, 50th Wedding Anniversary, 1990

Darrell Ginther's Letter to Mother from Yankton Hospital, 1949

Dean Stadem's Letter About his Discovery of "Us," of the Alfred Stadem Line/a>

John Ginther Line Genealogy

Cora and Carl's Letters from the Field, 1978:

Cora and Carl Taylor's Letter from the Mission Field, Jacutinga, Brazil

Cora and Carl's Christmas Letter to Family and Relations, Dec. 1978

For the First Time an Entire Series of Letters Dealing with the November 1989 Homegoings of Carl Taylor and Lenita Templeton:

Beth and Dan Templeton to Aunt Pearl, June 1989

Calvin and Gwen Taylor to Friends, Feb. 1989, and Sept. 1989

Cora & Carl Taylor to Gloria Brown, Nov. 4, 1989

Carleen and Ken Newton to Aunt Pearl, Nov. 13, 1989

Calvin and Gwen Taylor to Co-laborer, Jan. 1990

Bernice Schaefer to Sister Pearl Ginther, Jan. 1990

Leroy & Liz Stadem's June 6, 1990 Letter to Pearl Ginther, after 1990 Reunion

Adelina Ortmann's Letter to Pearl Ginther, Sept. 10, 1990; this Lifelong Friend Mention's Carl Taylor's Passing, and Cora the Widow, as well as Her Concerns for Her Brother Since 2 Heart Attacks

Lenita Templeton was in a fatal car crash with her Grandfather Carl Taylor and another missionary and two other girls. It took the lives of her grandfather and the other missionary instantly, and nine days later she too passed to Glory, Nov. 11, 1989, at the age of eighteen, after being a first-year student at Peniel Bible Institute, Jacutinga, Brazil:

"Our Lenita," by Beth Templeton, Memorial Article in "The Southern Cross," 1993

In Loving Memory of Marvin Vorseth

"2010--Year in Review at Pearl Ginther's," by Son Ronald Ginther

Two Miracles of God for Pearl, by Pearl Ginther

DID YOU KNOW THAT CORA TAYLOR HAS JUST ANNOUNCED THIS AUGUST 2013 SHE WILL BE 100 YEARS OLD IN JUST SIXTEEN MORE MONTHS? CORA TAYLOR IS STILL ON THE MISSION FIELD, IN JACUTINGA, BRAZIL, PRAYING AND SHARING THE WORD OF GOD AND DRAWING SOULS TO JESUS!

Letters from the Mission Field:

A letter from Cora Taylor to All Stadem Descendants, appeared in September's issue of the Samtaleran:

"The Spiritual Rescue of Cora Stadem," a Testimony by Cora Stadem Taylor, age 98

At the age of 97 years young, Cora Stadem Taylor's Pungent Comments on Sjur and Oline (can't recall them), Ben and Norman, Adolph and Malvin, Gurina Stadem, and her Papa:

"Cora's Comments," by Cora Stadem Taylor, age 97, in response to questions by her Daughter Carleen Taylor Newton

Letter of Cora and Carl Taylor to Loved Ones in USA, from Goias, Goiana, Brazil, 1951

Axel Lundring's "Christmas in May" Solicitation for a Jacutinga, Brazil, telephone service! Did he ever envison how God was going to use that telephone line? Well, we know God did! Cora can tell how (and we have her account recorded for heritage) a telephone lineman was saved, hearing about her husband's death and how the widow took it as a Christian, as he was working on the line and eavesdropping in on the conversation of two ladies! If just this one man was saved as a result, that was worth all my uncle Axel Lundring's work to get this project completed successfully. As it is, it is a testimony that what we do for Christ and for love of Christians and even people in the world will pay big dividends, spiritually.

Axel Lundring's "Christmas in May" Letter to Pearl Ginther

Hazel McLeod Zakariason's 1967 Christmas Card to Pearl Ginther, with Comments

Bernice's Letter to Pearl Ginther

Bernice's Letter to Sister Pearl

Chautauquas were for reaching towns and even small villages of America with programs for cultural and Christian enhancement, and this national movement touched even Bryant, SD, in the 1900s. Chautauqua for the Stadems:

Chautauqua for the Stadems, by Ron Ginther

Cora's Letter from Homer, Alaska, 1941:

Cora's Letter from Homer, Alaska

Bernice's Letter to Dear Ones:

Bernice's Letter to Dear Ones

Cora's Letter to the Rinderknechts:

Cora's Letter to the Rinderknechts

How we need more of these selfless Norwegian heroes today, to wreck Iran's A-Bomb "nuclear fuel" plants, since they say they want to strike Israel! WWII Norwegian Heros Wreck Nazi Heavy Water Plant:

War-Time Norwegian Heroes, Part I

Grandpa Alfred Stadem's Birthday Letter to 12 Year Old Grandson Darrell Ginther:

Grandpa Stadem's Birthday Letter to Grandson Darrell, Oct. 23rd, 1946

The Farm's buildings, what were they, what uses did they have, how did they come to be made? These and other questions Leroy Stadem now answers in his account, which most of us will find fascinating, coming from someone who knew these buildings intimately growing up, and took part in the erection of a number of them.

Leroy Stadem's Accounts of the Farm Buildings

Stadems' Silver Wedding Celebration:

"Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Stadem Celebrate Silver Wedding," Hamlin County News, Bryant, SD, Sept. 1, 1933

John Ginther's Letter to his son Bob Ginther, Aug. 3, 1942:

John Ginther's Letter to Son Bob Ginther, Aug. 3, 1942

OFFERING A NEW SERIES BASED ON ALFRED STADEM'S LETTERS TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY:

"Grandpa Speaks For Himself," Expressing Plain Views on Certain Subjects of His Choosing, Part 1

"Grandpa Speaks For Himself," Part 2

"Grandpa Speaks For Himself," Part 3

Alfred Stadem and the Amundson Connection, by Ron Ginther

Bernice's and Estelle's joint letter relating the passing of their beloved Mama, and the "Graduation" events and journeys involved to both the funeral service and the interrment:

"Bernice's and Estelle's Letter Relating the Passing of Mama Bergit Stadem and Consequent Events

Per and Ola Series

Pearl's Jokes

POSTCARDS AND VALENTINES:

Postcards for Adolph Stadem, Plus Valentines

THE PRIVATE CHRISTIAN/SCANDINAVIAN SCHOOL THAT TAUGHT STADEMS ALSO NURTURED AND INSPIRED GREATNESS: Did you know that many Stadems (all nine sons and daughters of Alfred and Bergit Stadem, for example) attended Augustana Academy (also called Augustana College and Normal School) in Canton, SD, and that this is the same school that enrolled such famous people as Ole Rolvaag, the author of GIANTS IN THE EARTH, and Roald Amundsen, in the field of Norwegian-American fiction, the contemporary of the Norwegian conqueror of the South Pole? Alfred Stadem was very much aware and proud of Augustana and its famed connections with these noteworthy men. His eldest daughter when enrolled at Augustana saw the films Amundsen took of his polar expedition. She mentioned them a number of times in later life. Amundsen, a Norwegian leading a team of five men and many dogs, arrived at Antarctica by ship, a special exploratory sailed craft called Fram (Forward).

Using sleds and dogs to carry supplies and scientific instruments, Amundsen and his men were adept at the Norwegian national pastime, long-distance treks on skiis, and so they used this ability to conquer the South Pole. They beat the British team seeking the same objective by many days, and the Brits and their leader, Scott, died on the return trip after reaching the South Pole and finding the Norwegian flag and a tent and a written note from Amundsen to Scott informing him of his discovery. It is tragic that Scott and his five man team died, but they were not as well equipped in their clothing as Amundsen and his team, and they did not store adequate supplies on the return route. Amundsen proved that his careful preparations paid off by his phenomenal success, without losing a man though they ate many of the dogs taken along.

TWO NEW BOOKS ON NORWAY READ AND REVIEWED:

"In Cod We Trust," by Eric Dregni.

You've heard about the famed American Romantic novelist Thomas Wolff's "Look Homeward, Angel," with the bittersweet message in it that "You Can't Go Back Home." Maybe you have read this author too--and he is quite interesting detailing a young man's experience. To an extent, that is a truism, that you can't return home (tothe way it was) after you have left it some years, but it isn't entirely true. People can and do "go back home," in the aim of rediscovering their ancestral roots, as the author Eric Dregni has done, writing about his experience in this book. As you might well expect from Norwegian descendants, the book is written with humor all through, from the title onwards. The cover shows him dressed in Norwegian, wearing skies, Norwegian sweater, and short pants and long stockings, a backpack slung from his shoulders. His beautiful young wife is holding a baby, dressed in a red, embroidered cap, herself dressed in Norwegian style clothes and sitting on a sled of some type. In back of the threesome stands a grass-roofed, ancient-looking, log-sided building which may be habitable (it is hard to tell if it is for humans or animals, it is so rough looking). He is in search of family and ethnic roots, in the Lusterfjord, which is at the end of the Sognfjord (the fjord where the Stadems originated, namely, in the little hamlet (or rather, "codlet" of Vik).

Please check back for what we glean from this new book on "Ja, you CAN go back home, Ole!"

Update from Editor: I have finished the book, which is less than 200 pages and easy to read, as it is not detailed history. A couple sittings can get you through it, it is just about the varied, often comical experienes of this couple who are trying to adapt(with a colic-ky newborn!)to Norway and its very different ways of doing things. His great-grandfather left Norway when it was poor, and now Eric returns when it is the richest country in Europe! There has to be a tremendous lot of change, even for an American from Minnesotan who is used to all the things and conveniences of a modern culture. Norway is not America and not even Minnesota, he finds out, despite some similarities.

The book is subtitled: "Living the Norwegian Dream."

Some "Dream"! That is misleading when you look at the cover, which shows the couple supposedly enjoying a very rustic, even primitive lifestyle, Eric on skis, his wife and baby on a sled, and in the background a sod-roofed log-cabin. They may have visited such a domicile, but they certainly didn't live there!

Actually, they resided in a big and impersonal, modern apartment house in downtown Trondheim, one of Norway's biggest cities (and formerly the capital for hundreds of years before it was moved to Christiania (now called Oslo). As they soon discovered, residents there went out of their way NOT to talk or socialize with each other--playing the usual reserved Norwegians, supposedly.

What is the "Norwegian Dream" that is presently lived by four or so million Norwegians in the Old Country? It is bound to be controversial to us over here and also a bit funny, as even their ambassador described his homeland Norway as a "funny little country"--which it certainly is in many ways, culturally, though it certainly is not small in territory.

The fact that lutefisk (cod that was soaked in lye) is a national dish (perhaps the most favored) tells you this country is not ordinary and even a bit odd.

Norway's welfare system is also far more extensive than most Americans would want to support, but the Norwegians seem to love it passionately--paying huge taxes so they can enjoy all the health care they could possibly want or use.

Climate is something the Welfare System cannot do much about, however. The continuing oddness of Norwegian society is greatly accentuated by the severe winter climate. There are months when the sun isn't ascendant, and it is called the "Dark Time."

Norwegians go out of their way to challenge it and not let it get them down in the dumps. Good for them, but how well does that work?

For instance, they ski a lot, even in the worst weather, and break bones in the many ski jumps they love to patronize, and eat as much cod as they can in a variety of ways. What else do they do, perhaps is best left alone-- as there are few morals left in Norway after generations of permissive "do as you please" social conditioning in the Welfare State.

Yet the question must be asked. Philosophy and politics aside, what is this welfare society doing to the character and spiritual life of Norwegians?

Are they paying a price that is beyond anything the benefits of welfare can give them? What are they exchanging spiritually for goods and services and government-backed security from womb to tomb? What price is their children paying in individual initiative and moral integrity and even self-preservation? These questions must be asked.

Despite the glamor of being arguably Europe's most beautiful country, standing next to Switzerland, which is spectalar but much smaller and less varied than Norway, it would seem to us that Norway is a dying society in reality, on the terms of life it has set for itself.

Life cannot go forward in the long-term that way, only in the short-term will it seem to be beneficial and living. We believe the spirit of Norwegians will sicken and die (is doing so already, in fact), suffocated in the smothering hug of the Pythonic Welfare State. Productivity will ultimately decline, creativity will dry up, initiative will vanish-- this will become a completely parasitical society, living day to day on the wealth that has lured and corrupted them so completely, they think they are in a paradise when actually it is a living hell.

We do sorely grieve for Norway! The welfare state has become their God, not their servant. God has no part in it, he is completely excluded and is irrelevant. Humanism has triumphed, along with Secularism, at the cost of Norway's soul and spirit.

The second book reviewed here is "Norway: Visions and Verse of Vikingland," by Robert Paulson and Robert Kallestad, with Foreward by Bent Vanberg. Paulson was the official photographer for King Olaf of Norway when he visited the Twin Cities, Minnesota, in both 1968 and 1975. Kallestad is a Norwegian descent entrepeneur who created a successful Seattle area printing business, but yearned to go back to Norway, the land of his parents and ancestors. Teaming up with Paulson, he fulfilled his lifelong dream. This book is a labor of love in many ways, even being published by Kallestad's own firm. The dozens of expert pictures and poems aim to capture the heart and soul of the Nordic Heritage, which both men still envision as a living thing today. I don't find the photography as good as I would like it to be, it seems to be postcard photo art for the most part. Fjords and old log huts in settings of mountain splendor are spectacular, but how many of these can you look at before you feel there has to be more to Norway. But there are some photos that show the photographer wanted to focus on just small, easily pass-over things that for him typified Norway as much as the usual fjords and mountains. Weathered, seasalty fishermen, for example, they hardly look or live like the sophisticated urbanite in Oslo or Bergen or even Trondheim. Lonely boats lost in the vastness of water and mountains falling into the sea--that vastness and loneliness are truly more Norwegian than the latest art exhibitions and rowdy parades in the few big, European-style cities Norway can boast. As for me, I would rather skirt the urban centers and go take a look at the small farmer or the fisherman with a small fishing boat and see what I could learn about Norway. The technological marvels of the train system, road system, and the hydroelectric industry-- that is European and world-class, and impresses most tourists no doubt. But my people came from small farms and very sparse livelihoods, yet they were richer for their faith and dependence on God for provision. They loved Norway, but needed to leave if they were to make any headway economically. Yet their faith was a compelling factor too, as they trusted God to provide for them in the New World a better life for themselves and their children. And so He did!

This could be a considerable breakthrough for Stadem genealogy: the finding a "Pastor Christen J. Stadem" in the church and congregation directory that resides in two big volumes in the dining-room bookshelves of the Plain View Farmstead house. Ron Ginther made the discovery while browsing through again the Norwegian language books that are often more than 100 years old. These two volumes we speak of are titled: "Norsk Lutherske Menigheter i Amerika, 1843-1916." Since we are not qualified translator, having taken only a year of Elementary Norwegian at Augustana College back in the 1960s, we can offer only this rough translation: "Norwegian Lutheran Congregations in America, 1843-1916. The Congregations may also be called Parishes or Churches, all of which they were. The "directory" or complilation was published in Decorah, Iowa.

Pastor Christen J. Stadem is listed for a number of churches or congregations and years of his pastorates are given. We will give these names and dates in another place soon. The Spildes of Willow Lake are also mentioned with names and dates, not necessarily as pastors as leading members and elders. Canton's main Lutheran church is featured too, and Pastor Tetlie's name and date given. We have direct connection with Pastor Tetlie, as Pearl's father and mother and family lived on a farm the Tetlies owned outside Canton for a while, and we have a picture of the entire Tetlie family. Augustana College (as the school in Canton was known at that time) is mentioned, and its starting date as 1860 in Illinois. This institution divided, and became the Academy that Pearl Stadem and her siblings and and some of her children--Ronald, Joyce, and Jerry Ginther-- and also some Svanoes and Spildes enrolled at, which closed in the 1970s after moree" than 100 years of operation, including the "college" and "seminary" phases in South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.

Peder and Martin Stadem are also named in connection with the Bryant church.

The directory also gives pictures of Lutheran churches all across America prior to 1917. Pearl Ginther's church, Mt. View Lutheran Church, is given. The first sanctuary cost $750. Founding members are listed. Families with these names are still to be found in Mt. View's congregation.

Additional fascinating information concerns the missionary Brevig family from Bryant, a family whom Pearl Ginther said she knew. The Brevigs established missions on the western central and north-western coasts of Alaska, missions which are still there, as far as placenames go anyway. We have a document from the Brevigs in the Archives telling of their mission work.

Atle Svanoe's congregations and dates are given (affording us information that was hitherto unknown to us Stadems at least). He pastored at St. Paul's, Verndale, Wadena County, MN, and Bethania, Sanborn County, SD, and Grand Rapids,Wisconsin, and also Salem Congregation (Sand Creek),Crow Lake, Jerald County, SD, in the early 1900s. He was a Norwegian pastor and returned to Norway and continued pastoring churches there for many years, right through the Nazi occupation of Norway in World War II. It is an interesting coincidence that Atle Svanoe and Christen J. Stadem may have heard or each other and even met. We need to find out by the dates, however, if there was this possibility at least. We say this because Christen J. Stadem also pastored at Immanuels in Wadena, Minnesota. It is also coincidental that the Svanoes have a family in the Iserman name that lives near Becker County where Christen J. Stadem pastored a church called Bethania (a favorite name for his various churches). Christen J. Stadem got around the country, and even to Canada in his ministries. He pastored at Hitchcock, Estevan, Sask.

The worn-out, storm-compromised and sagging, old turkey barn that was salvaged in Minnesota at a turkey factory farm and transported by Stadems to PVF for eventual use represents much sweat and labor and time consumed (and some gas expense too in transporting the lumber in trailers to PVF from hours away). What a transformation the old barn would see, however, as it later took shape as a new Maintenance Shed and also furnished much lumber and supporting beams for the new Heritage Center! Was it worth all the effort of salvaging these materials? Everyone connected with the projects would say, resoundingly, "Ja, you betcha!" Thousands of dollars no doubt in lumber and tin, the lumber being old growth and well-seasoned with ageing, were acquired for only $50. Certainly, the environmentalists today have nothing really to teach the Stadems, for this is an old tradition in the family, salvaging the old to build the new. It goes along with the Stadem trait of not wasting anything good, and using it as long as possible, and re-using it for some other reason than it was first used. An old cream separator becomes a flower planter, for example. An old turkey barn in Minnesota becomes a Maintenance Shed and a Heritage Center Barn. This is the unobtrusive but grand Stadem Way.

FROM THE ARCHIVES:

Alfred Stadem was an energetic well-borer in the Bryant area and surrounding townships and communities, and sited and dug many wells, as his records attest. Here is one record he kept:

From Ren Svanoe's Archives Library at PVF:

"Pulpit Under the Sky, The Life of Hans Nielsen Hauge, by J. M. Shaw is such a fine account, it deserves to be on-line along with the other biography we have of him (the shorter and much older one that Alfred Stadem gave his young grandson Darrell Ginther in 1948 at Christmas). This book is fairly written, giving the varying views of Hauge, but also guiding us to the correct ones to which the evidence, not prejudice and animus, point. Hauge was unquestionably raised up by God to bring revival to the whole nation of Norway, and he accomplished his task, thanks to God's power and mercy. He suffered much, however, as the account shows us, even long-term imprisonment that was so hard on him it destroyed his health and shortened his life by many years. Why was Hauge so persecuted? We cannot go into the reasons here, but you should know what it all boiled down to: the government and the ruling elite, just as in Jesus' case, regarded him as a threat to their privileged positions, even though all he did was good for Norway. A secondary reason was that they did not want a layman (a farmer at that!) ministering freely as he did, and wanted to muzzle him if they could. The underlying evil in men's unregenerate hearts remains the primal cause of persecution of God's messengers and saints, of course. Wicked men (and they can wear clerical robes and be bishops) prefer darkness over the light, the Scriptures say. Satanic and Adamic darkness hates the light of God, the light that sets men's souls free from sin and bondage to the Devil, light which Hauge brought in exhorting the people to cease their immorality and to live holy and be born again by the Spirit of God and according to the Word of God. This Gospel the ruling classes, including the clergy, could not abide, so they persecuted him and imprisoned him and the effects of years in the horrible prison conditions while awaiting trial and sentencing killed him long before his time. He was innocent and was largely acquitted by the Supreme Court to which he finally appealed, after being sentenced to two years in Akerhus Prison, which he knew as so appalling it was a death sentence and he would die there. Yet all his property was confiscated, and he was made to pay the court costs and a fine, which his friends paid for him quickly--and he left prison almost a pauper. His brother Mikkel bought him a small farm, which God prospered in his hands until it provided sustenance and lodgings for a large and ever present company of visitors who were continually coming from all parts of Norway to see and receive counsel and spiritual enlightenment from Hauge right to the ending days of his life. Here he was married twice, after losing his first wife a year after they were married. Here he enjoyed happiness once again with his son and devoted second wife Ingeborg after the grueling ordeal of 7 years or more in prison (he was jailed multiple times before this, so it was not just once he was incarcerated for preaching the Gospel to the common people). He died in 1824, a long time ago, yet Hauge's legacy did not vanish in a generation or two after his death, it grew and grew, spawning the tremendous Norwegian missionary society movement as well as constitutional reform in the government and wide freedom birthed for the whole gamut of society of Norway, lower classes and higher classes together (not just freedom for a favored few or elite). Secularist and liberal, constitutional Norway owes him, this greatest son of the country, an unpayable debt of gratitude--as secularism and liberalism did not achieve the present freedom and affluence Norway enjoys--it was all part of Hauge's legacy. It might be argued that Hauge was one of history's greatest evangelists, standing alongside St. Paul. Not even the incredible St. Paul was able to evangelize the whole of the Roman Empire, he personally touched only a few hundred thousands at the most of the seventy or so millions of Romans and Greeks of the empire, while Hauge travelled the entire nation of Norway and touched people in nearly all its communities and cities, walking thousands of miles in all weathers and sharing his books and the preached Word of God in his "edifications" with all who would listen, a personal one-on-one evangelism that would spread like ripples throughout society and make a most profound, lasting change in the hearts and lives of men, women, and children. We all, in fact, if we are Christians, owe him something vital, as the Haugean legacy continued over the ocean in Norwegian communities and homes in the vital lay movement in the Lutheran church fellowships, of which our own Stadem family took an energetic part. Our grandparents and relatives and friends were very much Haugean, without taking the tag--as their lives and ministries fruitfully proved. Our evangelistic efforts as Stadem families also owe to Hauge their impetus. Our emphasis on being born again by the Spirit is perhaps the chief part of the legacy, and this emphasis continues to this very day.

The only unfortunate thing is that so few of us Stadem descendants in 2012 know anything (anything!) about Hans Nielsen Hauge. This fine, perceptive, wisely framed book could largely correct that truly awful, glaring ignorance, if it were only read. But in this electronic age that has made on-line books so available and accessible anywhere we might be at the moment, we still are not a reading people anymore--much to our great loss spiritually!

: A third book that Rennard Svanoe left in the Archives at the PVF farmhouse is a history of Worth County, Iowa, 1884. It is a modern reprint of course of the old history. Worth County was where Sjur and Oline Stadem (and his brother Knud Staim and Mother Brita) first located and farmed on coming to America. Thousands of other Norwegians settled here too, as the book portrays in all its information about the towns, villages, and townships, education, civil, military and political history, and portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens. This certainly was no wilderness that the Stadems found, but they soon discovered they wanted and needed more space for growing families, and when they heard that free acreages of up to 160 acres were available in the Dakotas they, one by one, left Worth County and set out for the truly wild and wooly Prairie.

We feature a number of items from Pearl Stadem Ginther's collections:

Bibliography started for the Russell Schaefer Archives/Library of the Heritage Center:

Here are some items listed:

Norwegian language items:

"Salmebog," Meditations on daily basis based on scriptures, in Norwegian, given Pearl Stadem by Parents Alfred and Bergit Stadem for Pearl's Confirmation, August 2, 1927. Black, bound hand-sized book, published by Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Fredsbafunen," published in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the same type as the above book, but has name of owner, Mrs. Ole Larson, Northwood, ND on inside page of cover. Brown cover, loose from text.

"Olie i Karret," published by K. C. Holter Poublishing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1907. Name in ink on contents page is: Bergit Stadem

no cover, but a paper title page, with some ink writing on it: "Matt. 25:1, Parable of the 10 Virgins" and "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved"

"DEN NORSKE AMERIKALINJE, 1910-1960, by Erik Vea, Johan Schreiner, and Johan Seland, publisher Grondahl & Son, Oslo 1960. Has many illustrations, photographs, and graphs, showing the history and progress of the Norwegian American Shipping Line Company. It gives a good, illustrated history of Norwegian emigration to America. Donated to Pearl Ginther by her long-time Norwegian-American friend and fellow Lutheran churchwoman, Odney Wise.

In this rather large volume is most of a chapter telling about "Overingenior Endre Johannesen Svanoe," a Svanoe relative of Rennard Marion Svanoe, a grandson on his father's side of of the Rev. Atle Svanoe (a Norwegian American pastor and author whose book, "The Work of Laypersons," is listed below) and of Alfred Stadem (on his mother's side). Endre Johannesen Svanoe was an engineer of some considerable authority and renown in the company, for his picture appears in which he is wearing a notable medal. We hope to have most of the chapter translated and transcribed to these pages for your viewing.

English items:

Sermon Notes, in black looseleaf notebook, hand-sized, belonged to Bob Ginther, in his own handwriting. Contains some printed excerpts from religious articles. Composed before January 1947.

"Pearl's Notes," From Pearl Ginther's Notepad, no date, in which she makes notes for a talk to an unknown group or meeting, perhaps a church group. Her notes detail her thoughts on her own briefly stated Life Bio and Life Themes, also her views on the value and importance of godly Christian parents who promoted Christian education for their children, Faith, Christian giving, Positive vs. Negative Thinking, etc.

"Pearl's Notes"

"Ten Studies in the Catechism," by Jacob Tanner, Professor of Dogmatics, Luther Theo. Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, published by Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis, Minnesota, with name of Mr. Robert L. Ginther, 633 N. Minnesota, Sioux Falls, SD. No cover, a printed booklet.

"The Christian's Treasure," by E. E. Byrum, paper cover, published by Gospel Trumpet Company, Anderson, Indiana, Copyright 1937. Picture and other titles by E.E. Byrum at 75 years of age. Contains scriptures in large type, one scripture per side of page, arranged in categories, such as prayer, The Sinner's Hope, Troubles, Trials, Temptations, Doubts, Faith, Despondent, Discouraged, Encouragement,Comfort, the Sick and Afflicted, Prisoners, Missionary, He That Giveth, Helpful Scriptures, Consecration. Name written inside cover is: Mr. Robert L. Ginther, 633 North Minnesota, Sioux Falls, SD.

Certificate of Award, Hamlin, SD, Chas. Arnold, County Superintendent of Schools. Certifies that Pearl Stadem of Dixon School District, No. 3, Hamlin County, SD, has made forty-five perfect recitations in spelling and thus is awarded this certificate, June 16, 1923, by Chas. Arnold, County Superintendent. Inside cover states: "The quality which you put into your work will determine the quality of your life. The habit of insisting on the best of which you are capable, of always demanding of yourself the highest, never accepting the lowest or second best, no matter how small your reward, will make all the difference to you between success and failure."

Schoolday Memories of Pearl Stadem, Class of 1931. Class Autograph Book. Black bound, hand-sized book. Contains numerous writings and autographs from classmates and teachers at Augustana Academy, Pearl's graduation year of 1931.

"Hans Nielsen Hauge," A short Account of the Life and Work of Hauge, by C.B., 1890. Paper cover. Illustration of Hans Niesen Hauge as a younger man inside cover. Decorah-Posten Book Store, Decorah, Iowa, sold this book. Given Darrell R. Ginther by his grandparents, Alfred and Bergit Stadem, Christmas 1948.

"Hans Nielsen Hauge," a Biography

The beginning portions of Atle Svanoe's book translated from the Norwegian:

"The Work of Laypersons," by Atle Svanoe, Author and Pastor

"The Work of Laypersons in Lutheran Perspective," Prefatory Remarks, An Excerpt, by Atle Svanoe

We also offer now the beginning of excerpts from the Atle Svanoe book, "The Work of Laypersons." Jumping ahead for a good reason, we also have on-line Chapter 21, "The Right Preparation and Its Effect," for it reveals how Christians can best prepare themselves for the work of God.

This little but great book, starting in the Preface, compares our churches and congregations to the all-but dead, loveless Sardis church depicted in the Book of Revelation, the effect of a century of the same Rationalistic philosophy that persecuted and even imprisoned Hauge for preaching the Bible-based Gospel and salvation through repentance. Want to find out what that means for you and us now as Christians of the 21st century? It may be an eye-opening experience, or it will already confirm what the Spirit of God may have been revealing to you concerning the deadness of congregational life and the low spirituality of the individual members. Deadness is the result of losing our first love for Jesus--and though we may seem to be alive, in God's eyes we are not, as he cannot be fooled by outward appearances and showy services and acts of pious giving.

"The Work of Laypersons," by Atle Svanoe

"The Rescue," the daring rescue of seven missionaries (one, David Anderson, the author of the book, a graduate of Augustana Academy)from the Bering Sea after their plane was ran out of fuel and went down. 1995. Fellowship Publishing, Tempe, Arizona.

Frank Vust's "Praise is Comely," Psalm 33:1, Psalm 118.23. From Introduction:

"On a number of occasions, it has been expressed tome--at a particular time, very urgently--that it could be expected to prove to be a real blessing to others if I wrote and published what I saw as God's leading and God's teaching in connection with the life and death of our son, Paul Vust, who was born ont he 10th of August, 1944, and was relieved from earthly suffering on the 23rd day of February, 1959. [Paul Vust would be 15 years old at time of death]"

Millennial Calendar, 1999-2000, by Ronald Ginther, 1960 Graduate of Augustana Academy, Unbound paper calendar is based on Augustana's Yearbook, the Saga, for 1927 and 1959, using illustrations and pictures from them. Calendar is dedicated to Mrs. Lilian Heide, (1907-1989) Teacher at Augustana. She taught History (beginning 1956) and was Librarian until the school's closing. The ribbons that bind the pages show the class colors for 1960. There is a short history of A.A.

PLEASE RETURN FOR MORE BIBILIOGRAPHY ITEMS. THIS SECTION WILL HAVE ITS OWN PAGE SOON, AS THERE ARE SO MANY ITEMS TO BE LISTED, IN THE DOZENS OR EVEN HUNDREDS. THE PLAIN VIEW FARM LIBRARY CONTAINS A HUNDRED OR MORE NORWEGIAN LANGUAGE BOOKS ALONE, WHICH NEED TO BE LISTED AND EVEN, IN SOME CASES, TRANSLATED.

Archives from the Library of the Heritage Center:

One of the most important features of the Heritage Center will be the Archives and Library, named the Russell Schaefer Memorial Archives and Library. Letters from family and friends, momentos and cards and pictures, books in the Norwegian language, special family books and documents including Atle Svanoes's book first published in Norwegian in 1910 and then translated by Gordon W. Gunderson and republished by Rennard Svanoe, 1989, farm history documents, we will need glass cases for the more perishable items and also bookcases to house the items. We will feature ten copies of Barbara Vorseth-Benson's Stadem Genealogy Book for use and reference by Stadem-Vorseth-Holbeck descendants. A complete computer system to view the Plain View Heritage websites with all its materials on-line is also a part of the projected Memorial Library. Stadems, friends, and guests of the Heritage Center can do research or just browse to their heart's content on these fascinating items. We will have a Stereoscope and pictures of Norway, authentic museum piece that it is. Albums by the dozens too jammed with family pictures going back to Sjur and Oline Stadheim. A Video TV will be available to play family videos. Stadem family matriarchs and patriarchs are on video telling stories of old Plain View Farm. We also have Ginther family movies of the Farm and the Stadems as well as innumerable friends, collected together on a video. All this will make a living contribution to the younger generation, as well as remind the older folks of what we are now passing to the ones who will take "the Glory of the Gospel and of our godly heritage" into the rest of this new century.

From the Archives: Here is a newspaper account about the Liberty Township History located in the northern part of Day County, South Dakota. This will give interesting details about how the territory was pioneered by Christian people, mainly Norwegians in that particular area. The early settlers lived in sod houses, just as the settlers in the Bryant area, including our own Alfred Stadem and his father Peter Stadem and mother Marie and his siblings. This account was researched and composed by the pupils of School District No. 124, and submitted for publishing in the paper (Webster, SD, we believe), sometime in the mid or later 1950s by Miss Beverly Fishbeck and her class. The ending paragraph is especially significant, as well as sentence, "Filled with a Christian spirit, they held the first church meeting at..."--which goes to show that our country's soil was first settled and tilled by Christian people, which completely contradicts what statements of the recent president, who should know better, who has said to the world America is not a Christian society or a Christian country.

"Liberty Township History," by Pupils of the School of Liberty Township, District No. 124

FROM THE PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE FARM ARCHIVES, ALL YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW ABOUT OUR VIKING ANCESTORS AND THEIR CHARACTER:

First portions of the transcribed "Odyssey of Thorgisl Scarleg's Fosterson," by Farley Mowat, who extracted it from the Floamanna Saga of the Icelandic Sagas, are now being given here. Parental guidance advised, as this saga material is scarcely Christian and very much old pagan Norse ways and customs that are not for tender-minded children. If anyone entertains any traces of fondness for the "good ol' pagan days of early Scandinavia," this Saga will effectively douse that fondness with the cold water of reality. Much as Mowat admires the West Vikings for their courage and endurance and splendid seamanship and wonderful ships, he sees them too as real, flesh and blood pagan men with all the flaws that pagan men routinely evidenced: piratical greed, barbaric pride and egotism, ferocity, vengeful spirit, with a very strong predisposition to shed blood and brutally kill whoever they wished, man, woman, or child, regardless of age or condition.

Mowat titles it "The Odyssey of Thorgisl Orrabeinfostri (Scarleg's Fosterson), which constitutes Chapter 13 of Mowat's book, "Westviking." Again, we do not advise young children to read it, it is just too graphic and realistic in details.

"Odyssey of Thorgisl Scarleg's Fosterson," Translated and Rendered by Farley Mowat

We have available the entire text of a biography of Hans Nielsen Hauge, probably Norway's greatest evangelist, who was to Norway a Charles Wesley and even a Billy Graham (without the vast stadiums and TV coverage). We see this biography, given by Grandpa Alfred Stadem to his eldest grandson in 1947 as a Christmas gift, truly speaks to the spiritual challenge our Christian faith faces today in the dominance of secular humanism in society, the schools, the government, and even in the churches. In Hauge's day, he faced 18th century Rationalism, a humanist philosophy dominant in the government, the clergy and churches, and in the upper ruling classes. Go to:

"Hans Nielsen Hauge," a Biography

If you want to learn about religion in Norway, we draw from several authors who aren't necessarily critical (as they seem to be non-evangelicals or liberals who do not hold to the evangelical faith of Hauge, Luther, Wesley, Spurgeon, Dwight Moody, Billy Sunday, and Billy Graham), yet the picture that comes out is still not good. The Viking Sagas themselves show paganism as it truly was, and it was not a pretty picture, to put it mildly. Once the Norwegians were exposed to Christianity, even a formal kind of it, they knew the days of their pagan belief system were numbered--and withdrew from paganism to "Christianity" in the interests of serving a greater God, Christ, than they ever knew in Odin or Thor or any of the others in their Viking pantheon.

We have drawn these NON-EVANGELICAL and EVANGELICAL authors together in an article entitled, "Religion in Norway--Pagan, Christian, and Neo-Pagan."

"Religion in Norway, Pagan, Christian, and Neo-Pagan"

This article draws together the writings of four authors, two secularist or liberals, and two evangelicals. We have for the first category, Farley Mowat (the Pagan Viking Period) and Bent Vanberg (the Pagan and the Christian Periods). For the evangelical case we have Hans Nielsen Hauge and Pastor and Author Atle Svanoe (the Neo-Pagan Period which could be said to have begun in the 18th Century's Age of Reason, or its Philosophy of Rationalism, and continued today in secularist humanism or radical, atheist liberalism).

Alida Stadem Spilde passed to Glory in heaven, to be with Jesus her Savior and Lord, March 28, 2008, in Sioux Falls. Heaven has gained a truly beautiful soul. Below is Alida Stadem Spilde and her husband Hans standing beside the Stadem gospel sign set beside a main public road.

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IN LOVING MEMORY TO ALIDA STADEM SPILDE on the Buffalo Mound Web Site

Card Picturing Augustana Academy and Comments (her words are given below the picture) from Katrine (Catherine or Tena) Holbeck Lundring to Niece Pearl and her husband Bob Ginther, July 22, 1945:

Dear folks big and small, I feel kind of sad today, it is just one year on the hour now since your uncle ["Tena" Katrine Holbeck Lundring's husband, Albinus Lundring, who had just passed away] went away. I know I should not wish him back when I know he went home to be with Jesus. I am well and working hard pulling weeds, cutting grass, have just painted walls in D. room and kitchen, picked 50 quarts of strawberries, canned some but was so glad to have something to give away to friends. I have a nice big garden. It has been cool, but now the Lord has put the heat on the two last days. Thanks for letter, cards and pictures. Will soon take a trip to Bryant. Rev. Hofstads are gone to N. Dakota for a year. Send me a card, Bernice, please. Lots, lots of love, Aunty [Tena, or "Catherine" Lundring]

Here is a music album signed for Pearl Ginther after a concert with a "God bless you!" by the Lawrence Welk show star, the fantastic Norwegian accordianist, Myron Floren

To order a beautiful color copy of Pearl Ginther's Confirmation Certificate, please write Ronald Ginther, P.O. Box 212, Puyallup, WA 98371, or write to Pearl Ginther, at same box number and address. Your free will Heritage Center gift of any amount can be sent written out to "Eloise Hefty, Secretary, Heritage Center, Plain View Farm," and all of it will all go to that project. We ourselves will pay from our own money for the postage for sending you the copy.

Youngest Son of Alfred and Bergit Stadem Travels to Bergen and Vik With Wife and Some of their Family:

From the Archives, Leroy Stadem writes from Bergen to his eldest sister Pearl Stadem-Ginther:

Dear Sis Pearl, here we are in Great Grandpa's town [Bergen] where he was a policeman [or watchman] about 150 years ago. Thought of him as we worshipped and communed at Dom Kirken this A.M. Wondered if this was his church--it's about the 12th century old. Yesterday we were in Vik [small community on the Sogn Fjord] where Sjur (Great Grandpa) was born, baptized and married. Our Grandpa Peter Johan was born here! We met Lars Stadheim in Vik. He is our third cousin! His farm is on the old Stadheim Farm! We'll tell more at the reunion. Hope our pictures turn out. Tomorrow we head Mandal way! Love, Bro. Leroy.

Tribute Poem to the Memory of Arthur Donald Stadem, "Winter's Child" (Arthur Stadem was born on the day of a most beautiful, even magical looking ice storm in winter):

"Winter's Child," Tribute Poem in Memory of Arthur Donald Stadem, With Special Pictures and School Documents and the Song, "O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go," found in his "Little Bible"

Arthur's own written Autobiography, with some Remarks by his Nephew Ron Ginther, and his father, Alfred Stadem, who also relates the letter from Arthur's roommate at Augustana College describing his dear friend:

Arthur Stadem's Autobiography (1946)

Excerpts from Alfred Stadem's "Golden Wedding Anniversary Reminiscences" Letter to the Relationship, August, 1958:

Alfred Stadem's Reminiscences of 50th Anniversary

Mrs. Opal Stime's Letter to Pearl Ginther, Dec. 10, 1947 postmarked, telling how she is distributing the Gospel Tract concerning the Funerals of Bob Ginther and Arthur Stadem:

Mrs. Opal Stime's Letter to Pearl A. Ginther concerning the Gospel Tract

Excerpt from "Have You Met the Bethlehem Babe?", by Clarence Kopp, The Lutheran Digest, Winter, 1964:

"When the Fischer quintuplets of Aberdeen, South Dakota, were born last September, the event was heralded to the four corners of the earth. There was much excitement and ado. As these quintuplets grow up, there will be many eager to meet them.

In striking contrast, when the Bethlehem Babe was born, His birth created no excitement. Only a handful knew about it. There was no rush to meet Him and become acquainted. Even 2000 years after His incomparable philosophy and way of life have been made known throughout the world, there is no great demand to meet Him. Grave doubt even exists that many in Christian circles today have not really met him.

Mere knowledge of Christ's mission in the world, membership in a Christian congregation, oral confession of faith and observing ecclesiastical forms and ceremonies do not necessarily mean you have met the Babe in the Manger in the true sense of the word.

Suspicion that there are many in the church whose acquaintance with the Babe in the Manger does not go deeper than religious formalism is widespread, not only among non-Christians, but also among church leaders who are in a strategic position to observe. Among them is Dr. Oswald Hoffmann, speaker of the International Lutheran Hour, who recently expressed that opinion in the public press during an interview. He called attention to the conspicuous number of professing Christians who do not live what they profess to believe [we shall see if we can get a transcript of his interview remarks for the Heritage Center--Ed. There is also this interesting connection, as the Lutheran Hour was broadcast for many years from the Black Hills stav church you see featured on this page! The Augustana Academy Choir provided the music too!--Ed.].

A national magazine not long ago published an article in which churchmen ventured a percentage estimate of truly converted Christians in their respective denominations. Spokesmen for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod estimated it to be about 33% of the denomination's membership. One place the percentage at 35% and another 50%. The average of the estimates for the Baptists was 67%. 50% was the estimate for the So. Presbyterians.

While these estimates are subjective, rest purely on human judgment and may be far from correct, they nevertheless point up an awareness of a great disparity today between Christian profession and living on the part of the church members. This an an alarming weakness of the visible church today. It not only is an offense, but impedes the spread of the Gospel.

To meet the Bethlehem Babe is more than a formality. The Christ Child later explained what it means, when He said, "...by their fruits ye shall know them. Not everyone that sayeth unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."

In other words, it is the evidence and the quality of fruitfulness that differentiates among the professed followers of the Master. This also emphasizes the importance of really having met the Babe of Bethlehem. It calls for serious self-examination."

FROM THE PLAIN VIEW FARM HERITAGE CENTER ARCHIVES:

From our Archives (Pearl's Day Book used in the 40s in Sioux Fall):

News paper clipping: "How Hayti Was Named," Story written by Joan Jorgenson, Third Grader. In 1907, S. Cole and his son, A. Cole, lived east of where Hayti is now. They wrote a letter to Washington, D.C. wanting to name the new post office Lake View. The men in Washington, D.C. said that there were too many towns with that name so they had to think of another name. His father was twisting hay to burn when his son showed the letter. The older Mr. Cole said as a joke, "We should name it Haytie." So the next day they wrote a letter to Washington saying they would like to name the post office "Haytie." But somehow in Washington they dropped the last "e," so now it is just Hayti.

MORE FROM OUR PLAIN VIEW FARM ARCHIVES: This story is part of the Stadem literature, coming to us, as our best "omtrint" or by guess, from Alfred Stadem: It is the 1944-published life story of a Norwegian boy, John O. Dyrnes, who was born and brought up in a poor, struggling family on the island of Smolen in north-eastern Norway. Losing his father early was a hardship for them all. But John had a spark of something that lifted him above the drudgery of trying to scrape out a living on the island. Finding secluded spots outdoors, he was always reading every book he could get his hands on after he had done his chores on the small farmstead of his family's. John had a calling from early age apparently from God, for he emigrated to America and, hungering for more knowlege, mastered English and eventually went to school in St. Paul, Minnesota, later graduating from Augsburg College. Further medical training made him a doctor while he was an energetic member of Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Paul, and then he was authorized and sent with his young wife to Madagascar, where he became a medical missionary under the auspices of the Lutheran Board of Missions. He served most sacrificially there until his wife's death and not long after his own death in 1943, after 43 years of labors there for the sake of the people, spiritually and physically, and also for the missionaries there who had, before his coming, perished from disease that he could have averted. He was born just six years after Oline and Sjur Stadem left Norway to begin a new life in America. I do not know exactly how we have his life story, as I have asked my mother and she does not recall. But perhaps Grandpa Alfred Stadem knew of him, or had heard him speak on furlough, and acquired the booklet, and it came down to us through my father and mother from Grandpa. However it happened, here is a man who should not be forgotten. It is truly a life spent completely for the sake of Christ and His Church.

FROM THE ARCHIVES, A FINNISH SAINT, MATHILDE WREDE:

"In Convict Cells," the Story of Mathilda Wrede of Finland, by W. G. Wilson, Chapters 1-2

"In Convict Cells," Chapter 3, & 4 (Conclusion)

From the Archives/Library of the Heritage Center:

Hanger (Stadem) Sisters

In Memory Of:

Esther Alida Dede

Esther Dede, the daughter of Erick and Annie (Stadem) Hanger was born on December 9, 1915 at Bryant, SD. She died after a lingering illness at her own home on Saturday, Oct. 5, 1985 at the age of 69 years.

She grew to adulthood and attended school at Bryant, SD. She was baptized and confirmed in the American Lutheran Church. Esther was united in marriage to Dick Dede on March 29, 1933 at Watertown, SD. There were four children born to this marriage.

Esther and Dick lived for several years at Bryant, and then lived in Rapid City, SD, Billings, MT, and Sun City, AZ, before returning to Bryant, SD to retire four years ago. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and the ALCW (American Lutheran Church Women) in the church.

Among survivors who are grateful for having shared in her life are her husband, Dick of Bryant, SD, two sons Dick Jr. and Bill of Billings, MT, ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Edna Koistinen of Lake Norden, SD and Mrs. Helen Gustafson of Chicago, IL.

Mrs. Dede was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters, one son, Leland Dede, and one daughter, VaLoy Alexander.

Her Homecoming to Heaven service was held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bryant, SD, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1985, at 10:30 AM. Clergy were The Rev. Arthur Larson and Intern, Mark Rydberg. Organist was Mrs. Geneve Josephson. Singing was provided by the Rev. Arthur Larson. Interment was at Our Redeemer Lutheran Cemetery, Bryant, SD. Casket bearers were Nels Horsted, Keith Landers, Cliff Ruotsalainen, Tom Chapin, Dick Lusk, and John Brown. Arrangements were by Osthus Funeral Home, Bryant, SD.

Pearl Ginther says she knew Esther and her sisters, and "chummed" with them, when they were young.

From the Archives, In Memory of Katrine (Catherine, Tena) Holbeck Lundring:

A birthday card with a unique message to her niece, Pearl Stadem Ginther, on her 60th birthday is penned by a loving, 85 year old aunt:

Aunt Tena's Birthday Card

Letter to Niece Pearl Stadem Ginther from Caroline McLoed, sister to Alfred Stadem, Jan. 22, 1947, Los Angeles 14, California

My Dear Niece, Remember your Aunty helped bring you into this world. And am so sorry about what happened [Bob Ginther's death in the plane crash early January, 1947]). I know you love the Lord and look to him for everything. And I know he will help and guide you in caring for the nice children. I appreciate the pictures so much, and your nice card. And Pearl this sorrow, I can't see why it had to be, but God must have other plans. And I know he helps us to carry our burdens if we look to him in love and Faith. I've had many trials [Pearl says Aunty Caroline's husband was a very difficult person for a husband]. But I can see today he never left me for a minute even during the time of my wedding, marriage, when I didn't ask him for any favors he was helping and guiding me through it all. Ethel said on her Xmas card, she joined church while Kenny was in Japan. And since he came home they all belong to Lutheran church and go to Sunday School with the children. She has 2 lovely boys. I saw her children many times kneel and pray for Daddy's safety, and return from Japan. Maybe that was God's way for her salvation. I pray my children all will find Jesus and love him with all their hearts. Bernice wrote me about the accident. Whgat are you going to do? Write me Pearl. And I understand Cora is near you, am I right? Mae has 2 adopted children, Allen Lee 4 yrs, Gay [?] 3 years, sweet looking, well behaved children, Ethel says. I remember you all in my prayers. You all pray for we, please.--Aunty Caroline

[Written on lined school notebook paper, in pencil.

From the Archives, In Memory Of Mrs. Gurina Stadem:

Widow Gurina Stadem was the second wife of widower Peter or Peder Stadem, son of Sjur and Oline. Their combined families made a big, diverse family. She and Peder, nevertheless, had 2 sons, Malvin and Adolph. She taught one to weave. She wrote this in Norwegian to Alfred Stadem, her step-son whom she raised from early youth.

From the Archives, a Card from Mrs. Anne Ginther, 3rd wife to John Ginther and his childhood sweetheart his parents first denied him because she was Catholic, father to Bob Ginther who was married to Pearl Stadem Ginther and had seven children with her before his death in 1947. This card written in pencil comes from Grandmother Ginther to Pearl Ginther, a new widow, about eight months after Bob's death in a plane crash when he was 42. His aged parents (John Ginther and Bob's step-mother Anne resided on a small farm that Pearl and Bob bought for them in Hayti, South Dakota, so they would have something to retire on. The postcard is addressed to "Derrel & Lorian Ginther," from Mrs. J. Ginther, Darrell and Lorin being her oldest male grandchildren (step-grandchildren).

Sep. 8, 1947, Hayti. Dear Children, thank you for the nice plums. How are you all. How is mother. I wish I could see you all and drive ponies again if I only could see you write and tell me. I ?? love to see you. I wish you were here. Grandpa [John Ginther] is ?? not so good. I been sick. God bless you. All write Ann.

"In Loving Memory of Myrtle Waldow," is also offered here in the following link:

"In Loving Memory of Myrtle Waldow," by Ruth Stadem Harrington

Letter by Schaefers to Luther Svanoe:

"Bernice and Russell Schaefer's Letter to Luther Svanoe, June 19, 1994

Rangen Thanksgiving/Christmas Letter, 2003:

"Joseph Rangen's Thanksgiving/Christmas Letter, 2003"

In Loving Memory of Cora Elvera Fjelstad:

In Memory of Cora Elvera Fjelstad

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From the book "Of Norwegian Ways," by Bent Vanberg, we draw a number of Norwegian sayings, or aphorisms of homespun wisdom just plain Norwegian-style humor, which would be very useful for putting on boards with rose-maling decoration, or sometimes even crocheted. Go to:

"Norwegian Sayings"

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